The title of this post is one of the most important quotes that we read in 2013. It came from one of the pastors we serve, Andrew Burkhart of Love & Justice Church. He shared it as a comment on his Facebook page next to a picture of his destroyed home. On that terrible day (seven months ago) an EF5 tornado plowed through his neighborhood in Moore, Oklahoma. By the grace of God, his wife and daughter were spared having left the house only 2 minutes before the tornado struck. He recounted their story 6 days later in the sermon, Worshiping the God of Tornadoes.
For the next 3 days over 3,000 people will be gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference. This year's topic is "The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis". Due to our deep respect and appreciation for Desiring God and the ministry of John Piper, we will have a booth in their Exhibit Area near the bookstore.
During these past six months we have often been reminded of the Apostle Paul’s thanksgiving: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5, ESV) This month we are rejoicing over our most recent partnerships with our friends at The Gospel Coalition and HeartCry Missionary Society. As you may know, TGC is helping to establish the gospel in churches across North America and HeartCry is spreading the gospel in the least evangelized areas of the world.
A few weeks ago on a Friday morning, July 12th, one of our Developers, Rob Gering along with his wife Rachel, welcomed their 3rd child into the world. Elliott weighed in at 6 lbs, 11 oz, and 19 inches long with a full head of hair! The baby and his whole family are doing great.
Rap music isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about programmers, but we like to keep things interesting here at Church Plant Media. We are very excited to share with you Lyrical Catechism, the debut album from our very own Senior Developer, Ben Otero aka Benjamin the Esquire. While hip hop and programming don’t often mix, they have been an integral part of Ben’s work and ministry.
Today is a special day for me. 20 years ago I was a freshman in art school and the Lord was drawing me to Himself. Although I had grown up in a "Christian home" and had known Jesus since childhood, part of my private life did not match my public profession of faith. After a dating relationship came crashing down, it was finally clear to me that my girlfriend had become an idol who was receiving my worship. Humbled and in need of help, I went for a walk in the middle of the night with my Bible and turned to the book of James. The following words leapt off of the page and into my soul.
We love serving the Church and helping people spread the good news about Jesus! It is amazing for us to consider how many people we are able to touch as we link arm-in-arm with these partners in the gospel. Listed below is a small sampling of our favorite websites from the past 5 months. Some use our newer design styles as-is, while others feature unique color customizations done by our team (or theirs).
The world was supposed to end today: December 21, 2012. When the day dawned on Chichen-Itza Mexico, it was the anticlimactic end to the 5,125-year cycle of the ancient Mayan calendar. But the world did not end, the North and South poles did not shift, and there was no geomagnetic reversal on planet Earth. But even though this day has passed with no earthquakes or floods or cosmic collisions, it does remind us of a day in history that ended the world as we knew it. A day that altered the eternal poles of our existence and restarted our modern day calendar. A day that was foretold in ancient prophecies and transcribed by trusted first century eye witnesses.
Another month, another feature release! This time it's the Quicklink Manager. You can now easily manage your quicklinks with a simple drag-and-drop interface. Instead of using a widget to manage your quicklinks like you have in the past, you now can manage them in an easy-to-use interface. You may access the new module by logging into the CMS, clicking the Publish tab, and clicking the "quicklinks" icon in the left column. From there you can easily add images and links, and you can also drag-and-drop the order of quicklinks...
Our team has been doing an amazing job in the past few months and so have our gospel partners! We launched a record number of websites this past month, so it was hard to choose only a few of our favorites. The first few examples listed below are from partners who had the coding skills to change the colors of their design style, while the others are using their design as-is. One website that we are all very excited about is the Oklahoma Chapter of The Gospel Coalition. Our home office is located in Oklahoma City, so having the opportunity to serve these like-minded, local brothers is a real blessing.